Thank you

Posted in Latest News, Uncategorised by  •  21st May 2015

I would like to thank everyone that voted for me in South Thanet.  I am proud of the campaign that my team and I ran locally. I feel confident that our messages of making politics local again and focusing on a positive future for Thanet and Sandwich were right. I would like to wish Craig Mackinlay luck and my...

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Voting Labour today is so important…

Posted in Latest News by  •  7th May 2015

Will voted at 8.15 at St Phillips church polling station in the ward he has lived his whole life - 5 minutes from his home in Palm Bay, Cliftonville.
Afterwards he said: "I'm proud to take part in the democratic process and looking forwards to a big day of campaigning with my incredible team."

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Last week Nigerian gay rights and HIV campaigner Adebisi Alimi visited Ramsgate to campaign against Ukip. It was a great day, and Bisi's unbelievably warm and positive approach attracted a lot of...

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On Friday evening the East Kent European Movement held a meeting in Sandwich. Laura Sandys was on the bill but didn’t speak in the end, but as Chairperson of the movement her views are clear. Her father, was an early Europhile who brought in the Clean Air Act – which tackled London’s smog problem – and she is...

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Letter to Old Friends from Steve Ladyman

Posted in Latest News by  •  30th April 2015

Steve Ladyman was Labour MP for South Thanet from 1997 to 2010, and Minister of Transport from 2005. He was a hugely popular local MP, and before that, a Thanet councillor and Chairman of Finance. This is a letter to his 'old friends' in South Thanet.
Work took me away from South Thanet after the last election...

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This article was first published by The Huffington Post on April 25th, 2015:
This week I was joined in South Thanet, the seat where I'm standing for Labour against Nigel Farage, by documentary maker and actor Ross Kemp. Ross's self-assured brand of masculinity was the ideal tonic to the sly chauvinism of Ukip, and he...

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This article first appeared on the New Statesman 'The Staggers' Blog on April 27th, 2015:
We need to reach for a more authentic, localised politics, in the wake of the Spad era, rather than just revert to the days of pinstripes and tweed. As the faux warts ‘n’ all allure of Ukip shows, there’s a danger of...

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Open Letter to Nigel Farage

Posted in Latest News by  •  22nd April 2015

This is a letter I've just sent to Nigel Farage, asking him to reconsider his latest refusal to turn up at at yet another public hustings.
Dear Mr Farage
We have just learned that, once again, you will not join us for the election hustings this Friday, at St George’s School in Broadstairs.
Apparently you...

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Play Lego in South Thanet

Posted in Latest News by  •  20th April 2015

This election is a huge one for South Thanet. Traditionally we've had the agenda set for us by people in London and other parts of the country. But this year, as the video below shows, we have a chance to decide the direction of travel for ourselves - by stopping Ukip and choosing something more positive.
CLICK ON...

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This article by Will first appeared on the Huffington Post website on Friday April 17th, 2015.
In a recent article for the New Statesman, Andrew Marr wrote of what he described as"the lashing anger" and "poison" of the present political zeitgeist. Marr cites Twitter trolling and the abuse meted out to those in the...

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Will Scobie on BBC TV’s Sunday Politics

Posted in Latest News by  •  13th April 2015

Last Sunday I was interviewed on BBC TV's Sunday Politics about campaigning for the General Election.
https://youtu.be/8gj1PzWzGgc

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There’s more to Thanet than Ukip Hysteria

Posted in Latest News by  •  11th April 2015

This article was first published on the Guardian website on 07/04/2015
This week’s allegation in the Daily Mail that Ukip might have covered up an unwelcome poll in South Thanet was the latest development in a seat that is fast turning into the most high profile in the country. A three-way marginal involving a...

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This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post – to view it click here.
Last weekend saw two negative articles about South Thanet – the seat where I’m standing for Labour against Nigel Farage. The first, written by Thanet resident Marina O’Loughlin, declares that “something nasty” is stirring in...

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This article was first posted on The Staggers blog on 27/3/15 – to view the original article click here.
Here in South Thanet our fight against Nigel Farage is picking up steam. It’s a three-way marginal, but the Tories’ decision to field an ex-Ukip Leader essentially renders it a two-way battle – between...

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At the weekend Camilla Long wrote a highly disparaging article about South Thanet and its people. This is my open letter to Camilla in response:
Dear Camilla
I hope you’re well. I’m writing following your article about South Thanet in yesterday’s edition of The Sunday Times. I’m the Labour candidate...

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UKIP is embarrassing South Thanet

Posted in Latest News by  •  25th February 2015

We have now seen the true face of South Thanet UKIP. The programme on BBC ‘Meet the Kippers’ showed the sort of people that UKIP has locally. More important than their failings though is the negative publicity that they are bringing to our area. For the first time in decades people are coming to invest in South...

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Low pay is an important issue in South Thanet

Posted in Latest News by  •  11th February 2015

Low pay is an important issue in South Thanet. A report last year showed that we are a Living Wage black spot with over 40% of people being paid less than the Living Wage. This is one of the highest figures in the South East.
If we are going to get the benefits bill down and improve productivity then we need to pay...

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